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Status Chart, the Résumé Porn for Self-Quantifiers, Officially Beta-Launches Today

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A few weeks ago, a piece of porn for self-quantifiers shot up to the top of Hacker News. It was created by NYC’s very own Chris Kennedy–a Betabeat poachable–and was intended to remix and remaster the traditional boring résumé layout. The Hacker News crowd went so crazy for Mr. Kennedy’s invention that he promised to launch a version for others to use as well.

Today, just two weeks after he publicized his own Status Chart, Mr. Kennedy and backend dev Richard Owens have opened up the platform to other engineers and designers.

Status Chart allows you to display a more holistic portrait of who you are to potential employers, including hackathons you’ve participated in and websites you’ve designed. “I felt that these item are what really make me who I am, not necessary the ‘jobs’ I have had, although important,” Mr. Kennedy told Betabeat over Gchat. “It is just not projects that make us who we are, it’s the hackathons where I have personally gained the most information about different parts of my job, and the events where I learn so much more about those things.”

“Status Chart is an enhancement to the resume for those that can’t fit everything on one page,” he added. “And it also acts as your professional dashboard.”

The first iteration of Status Chart launches in invite-only beta mode today and will be two-pronged: users can either sign up for a free “Spectator” account that allows them to view and follow other people’s dashboards, or they can pay for a “Personal” account that allows them to create their own Status Chart. Users can register for an invite today, and Status Chart will be slowly rolling out membership over the coming weeks.

“We are still trying to decide on the pricing point, but from all the feedback and surveys we are thinking $5/month. Or if you do a year, we will give you 50% off, [so it's] $30/year,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Since Status Chart hit number one on Hacker News, Mr. Kennedy said the site has received 30,000 unique visitors and over 850 responses to a survey he posted about the site. Ninety percent of those survey respondents said they would be willing to pay for the service. “I think it is safe to say that this project will be on going with the hopes of turning it into something more then just a project,” he said.

Mr. Kennedy has been working so hard that he said he strained his eye from looking at the computer screen too much, and currently can’t wear his contacts. “I guess it’s a tiny battle scar,” he laughed.

“It is pretty crazy how much we have completed in two weeks,” he added.

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